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And if you can't, just check out some of what I learned there, as well as from a few writing magazines.
From The Bestseller Society:
- Often, when a book is published, only one person at the publishing house has actually read the entire book.
- When writing your first draft, dismiss the angry English teacher from your shoulder.
- People are generally either plot-first or character-first novelists - and generally which ever one they start with, they're not so good at the other.
- Myers-Briggs is a great way to create a complex character.
- The three easiest ways to get your fiction manuscript rejected are telling and not showing, POV errors, and weak characters.
- Description is not telling (as in "show don't tell")
- Most readers come to fiction hoping for a movie in their head.
- You are your voice - you are not somebody else's.
- Memoir is retelling our story to ourselves.
- The key of great writing is enticement: leave things out - enticing the reader all the way through until the "payoff" later in the book.
- Fiction is about watching someone navigate a change.
- The purpose of your story is to take your main character on his/her inner journey.
- It takes ten thousand hours to establish yourself as a genius in something.
- Your worth should not be tied to your work.
- Failure does not automatically equal disobedience or sin. Failure is an important component of our lives - some lessons only failure can teach
- Creating your plot is building the stage your character will change on.
- The question to ask which will fix most telling is: Can the camera see it? (a couple others - can the microphone hear it? Can the senses pick it up?)
- What makes a great writer is the village surrounding that writer – the people who are with you on your publishing journey.
- The first fifty pages of your book must engage your reader and set up the rest of the book.
- Your story basically begins when your MC steps on stage - anything before that is a de-facto prologue.
- Discipline, however it looks, is more important than writing every day.
- We want to read about people who are more energetic, more motivated, and more driven than the average person.
- This book looks WAY too fun!
- A symbolic object in your story can represent something larger than itself and can be a shortcut to theme.
Questions? Comments? Observations? What was most interesting/helpful to you?
Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength
Love all these tips and you're right, Forgotten Bookmarks looks amazing!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jan :) IT was a fabulous month.ReplyDelete
Great stuff. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyDelete
I'm so bookmarking this page! I love the thoughts you've shared here, Joanne!ReplyDelete
These are good tips. I was a member for 2 months at the bestseller society and soaked up as much as I could. There is a lot to learn on that site. I wish it weren't so expensive. But if you have a a light load one month get a membership for that month and watch everything. It really is a conference in a box.ReplyDelete
So very VERY true Diana! I'm considering doing just that, possibly later this year.ReplyDelete
And thanks, Sarah and Writing. My pleasure!